Psst! 10 Walt Disney World ‘secrets’ and tips … but don’t keep them to yourself

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Considering that Walt Disney World spans nearly 40 square miles, there’s a lot involved when it comes to sharing even a fraction of its past, present, and future.

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The following 10 “secrets” and tips are just some of the hidden gems hidden in the mountains of history, mystery and magic.

— Britt Kennerly is a community issues columnist for Florida Today

The World Below Main Street USA

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You are walking down Main Street USA, taken aback by the hustle and bustle around you. But did you know that Disney actors are walking under the ground you’re walking on? That Main Street is actually the “second floor” of the Magic Kingdom? You’ll Learn All That and More in Five Hours, $99 “Keys to the Kingdom” Walking Tour (which is temporarily unavailable). You’ll use the “Utilidor” system of tunnels that allow people and supplies to keep the Disney magic moving around the park; Learn trivia fit for a die-hard Disney fan; Have lunch with other tour-goers; and many more. Other Tours Offer great behind-the-scenes surprises.

he digs the padded palace

Ever visited Cinderella Castle and wondered how you could spend a night in the luxurious suite there? It’s a lovely dream: residences are designed to resemble 17th-century French chateaus. marble. Mosaics. colored glass And that iconic glass shoe on display. Sorry, but it’s not as easy as a trip to Booking.com. You have to either get invited (singer Kevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle, were there on their first anniversary), win an auction, or score a night in a contest, like “The Year of a Million Dreams” in 2006.

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In 2019, Diggs was auctioned off one night on eBay at a fundraiser for The V Foundation (a cancer research nonprofit named after legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano). This was accomplished with flights for four; airport transport; a night in the palace; two nights at a Disney resort; a VIP tour; and a $2,000 Disney gift card. Winning bid: $75,100. If it’s any consolation, you can try to book a reservation here Cinderella’s Royal Table Restaurant inside the palace.

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‘Hidden Mickey’ everywhere

Years to the Mouse: “Hidden Mickeys” is defined as “intentionally or accidentally placing a circle in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head with two other circles attached to it at the top”. The way the story proceeds dates to Epcot’s design by Hidden Mickeys Imagineers, who added the design elements became a pop culture phenomenon, as Mickey and Minnie were not being displayed in the more adult park.

accidental or intentionalhandjob they are everywhere, From movies to rides, resorts to hats to fireworks, at the end of Sorin’s attractions. To get a handle on the scope of how many Hidden Mickeys populate this planet, you may want to read on. A good place to start: “Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets by Steven Barrett, aka “Hidden Mickey Guy”. Tomorrow and a table and two chairs Happen To make Mickey.

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The Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, which opened in 1994, is 199 feet tall, but you'll only drop 13 stories on the ride.

Drop by Tower of Terror

If you’re really frightened even at the thought of entering Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, know that you’re not falling all the way from the top to the bottom of that 199-foot-tall obscure building. Just (yes!) 130 feet, or 13 stories.

Other things: That little girl who “disappears”? He has a Mickey Mouse doll. The tower’s design was inspired by Southern California landmarks, including the Biltmore Hotel and the Mission Inn. And no, it’s not actually Rod Serling of “The Twilight Zone” who explains what happened in that surreal setting; this is voice actor mark silverman. Serling died in 1975; The jaw-and-all-dropping ride debuted in 1994 (when Hollywood Studios was still Disney-MGM Studios). Be prepared to be intimidated. And screaming for that photo.

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Does the ‘stretching room’ really stretch?

Our tour begins here in this gallery, here you see the pictures of some of our guests as they appear in their corrupt mortal state.” So says Ghost Host, in the Haunted Mansion, the first-stop “stretching room.” But what is actually happening there? According to insidemagic.net, instead of bringing Disney fans down the grade—as is the case at Disneyland, where the stretching room lift is a gravity-assisted elevator—”the room’s show ceiling and pictures move upward, without a single purpose. optical illusions.” Then it’s down to a secondary door and a hallway to get into your “doom buggy” and go for a spooky spin.

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The Cinderella Fountain behind Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom is just one place where parkgoers at Walt Disney World properties throw coins, make wishes and, though they may not realize it, help promote the work of area nonprofits. helps.

Countless coins in the fountain

If you’ve ever tossed change at Walt Disney World wishing for a nice, fountain or water-based attraction like ‘It’s a Small World’, you’ve probably heard someone wondering: “So what happens to all this money? Is?” Well (Sorry not sorry!), All those coins are collected over a period of time, and it adds up to solid donations to the non-profit sector. For example, in 2020, it went to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, which received $20,000 from fountains to help provide Thanksgiving meals for 650 Coalition residents and guests.

Collectible penny machines that press coins can provide an inexpensive souvenir and are located at Walt Disney World parks, water parks, hotels, and Disney Springs.

press a penny or quarter

It’s really no secret that collectibles can be pricey at Disney parks. But for a unique souvenir that might be the least expensive thing on the site: a pressed coin with a Disney character or design on it. It’ll set you back 51 cents for a penny press on old hand-crank machines; Or $1.25 on the newer, digital versions ($1.25 to raise a quarter, though quarter-squishing machines aren’t as plentiful).

According to the WDW website, dozens of . Huh different places To press a coin between coins found at four parks, water parks, resorts and Disney Springs. PS Digital machines also accept credit cards, and instead of paying $1 per coin, you can save some money by buying a complete set; In some cases, eight for $5.

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art inside; animals outside

If you’re interested in both African art and animals, you’ll be immersed in a fascinating visual safari at Disney World. Animal Kingdom Lodge. Animals are abundant in the property and you don’t even need to step outside to see some of them: the property’s design invites views of more than 200 hoofed animals on the four savannas. And an artistic walk awaits inside: Did you know that Animal Kingdom Lodge, according to Disney World, “has one of the largest collections of African art in the United States,” displayed throughout the lodge?

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You’re down to the last 4% of your phone charge but you have 63% of your day left And you forgot your charger. Enter fuel rods, the cool little battery-sized chargers with adapters for both Apple and Android phones. Each park has machines where you can buy and/or swap-for-fresh handy helpers, which have a lifespan of about eight hours.

They’ll set you back $30 on the site (you can order them online for cheaper), but there are little life savers that you can recharge at home, too. If it’s just a phone call that you have to make before you get on your juices, some places resort-wide have courtesy phones for free local calls. They look like old school payphones. You remember payphones. No? Ask your grandmother.

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Club 33: Special. costly.

remember that old saying The financier JP Morgan is believed to have asked about the cost of maintaining his yacht. How about if you have to ask for the price of something, you can’t afford it? Disney’s club 33, described on the Walt Disney World website as “a private membership club that offers a variety of tailored experiences for its members.” It’s so specific as to how much it costs to join or maintain a membership on Disney World’s website (rumor has it $33K to join and then $15K annually after that), or where the clubs are located inside the parks. (Clues abound on the Internet).

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Club 33 began at Disneyland as a place where Walt himself socialized and traded with investors and friends. Now, the Club has 33 locations in Disney parks around the world, each of which is one of WDW’s four parks: “Each venue is uniquely themed to represent the adventures of Walt and Lillian around the world,” The website says, and claims “exclusive access and exceptional service”. If you have cash and/or clout, send a letter of interest [email protected], and then wait to hear from them. word, it can be a very long wait.

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